Daily Archives: June 16, 2017

Apple and Google say goodbye to auto-play video ads

Sometimes when you’re browsing the web, you get more than you expected. Like when you visit a website and a video starts playing aloud automatically and you can’t find the mute button to turn it off. Well, the days of these annoying auto-play video ads may be numbered: Google and Apple have announced ad-blocking features that will likely be rolled out ...

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Rule requiring airlines to keep 2 crew in cockpit at all times lifted by Transport Canada

Canadian airlines are no longer required to have two crew in the cockpit at all times, following the expiration today of an order issued by the government after a co-pilot deliberately downed a Germanwings jet in 2015. Since the crash that killed 150 people, Transport Canada has been examining if there was any way to “mitigate the potential risk” of a similar ...

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Otto Warmbier’s injuries renew focus on North Korea’s infamous torture camps

The case of American student Otto Warmbier, who sustained serious injuries while he was detained in North Korea, is renewing the focus on the horrors that prisoners face in North Korea’s infamous torture camps.  Officials at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Warmbier is being treated, said that while there is no physical evidence he was beaten, his “extensive ...

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London highrise fire death toll rises to 30

The death toll from this week’s Grenfell Tower highrise apartment fire in west London, England, has increased to 30. “I do believe that the number will increase, sadly,” Metropolitan Police Cmdr. Stuart Cundy told reporters. He said 24 people remain in hospital, including 12 in critical care. Richard Mills, the fire brigade assistant commissioner, said stabilizing the gutted 24-storey building will continue in a ...

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CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, orders all new devices be unlocked

The era of having to pay cellular providers to unlock your cellphone will end this year. As of Dec. 1, cellphone customers can ask their provider to unlock their phones free of charge, the CRTC announced Thursday. At the same time, it said, all newly purchased mobile devices must be provided to customers unlocked. “It’s a big step forward,” said Rose Behar, senior reporter ...

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WestJet bumps cycling team, costing athletes expensive training time

Ten members of Nova Scotia’s provincial cycling team are so upset with their recent experience with WestJet, they’re planning to take the airline to court. “It’s the epitome of the horror story you hear about travelling,” says provincial team coach Jon Burgess. In February, the group of seven young athletes and three coaches were set to fly from Halifax to Atlanta ...

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